Andy Murray will be back on the tennis court in March and could return to action before the grasscourt season.
The double Olympic champion underwent surgery on his nagging hip injury on January 8 and had targeted a June comeback.
But the Scot, 30, is already working in the gym and doing regular pilates sessions.
Murray now plans to return to the practice court by the end of the month and then slowly increase the intensity of his training – including a warm weather block - until he is ready.Read More
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The Queen’s Club Championship on June 18 remains his most likely comeback tournament.
The former world No.1 has not played since Wimbledon and after making a brief comeback in Abu Dhabi before pulling out of Brisbane, he is determined to be fully fit before his return.
Former world No.1 Boris Becker said: “Tennis needs him; tennis is not the same without Andy Murray.
“He got this problem and he stopped when he was the No.1 player in the world.
"Once he’s fully fit, he’s one of the best players in the world.
"Then it’s a question of time. How much time are you going to give yourself to come back to this level you had before? I hope he does.”
Murray has fallen to world No.21 and will lose his British No.1 ranking to Kyle Edmund next week as he drops the 500 points from his Dubai victory last year.